Carriage horse gets loose, runs through streets of Manhattan

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Monday, October 20, 2014
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Michelle Charlesworth has more from Central Park South.

NEW YORK -- Watch out! A carriage horse got loose on Sunday after running away from its handler.

A video posted on YouTube shows police chasing the horse up 11th Avenue, shocking pedestrians and motorists.

The horse ran off from Central Park Carriages on 37th Street between Tenth and Eleventh avenues while its owner was getting the horse ready for the day.

NYPD officers cornered him at the Bus Depot on Eleventh between 39th and 40th streets.

The driver showed up with a bucket of oats to corralled him home.

Contrary to claims from NYCLASS, the horse was not being bathed at the time.

Following the incident, Allie Feldman, Executive Director of NYCLASS issued a statement saying "This is the latest example of why horse drawn carriages are not just inhumane but entirely unsafe in a city congested with cars, trucks and buses. It's time for the City Council to act and get the carriage horses off the streets of New York City."

"The horse is fine and back at work (Monday)," carriage driver and industry spokesperson Stephen Malone said. "We thank the NYPD for its assistance in corralling the horse."